For Ophthalmic Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.17 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Ophthalmic Technicians are female. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,018 - $54,145
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$54K
MEDIAN: $40,855
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$11.81 - $22.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,018 - $54,145  
   
Bonus
$198.81 - $2,053  
Profit Sharing
$3,561  
Commission
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$24,779 - $49,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $22.42  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $33.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$198.81 - $2,053  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$3,561  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,779 - $49,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,225

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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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Ophthalmic Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Optometrist. The latter position pays an average of $96K annually. Becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician is a common transition from an Ophthalmic Technician role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Ophthalmic Technician


The Lasik Vision Institute offers the largest salaries in town ($39K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $23K to $47K.

Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Survey results imply that Ophthalmic Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Surgery, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 21 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Medical Coding and refracting also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records tend to be well versed in Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Ophthalmic Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. Ophthalmic Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Ophthalmic Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,538

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Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Ophthalmic Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Denver (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 9 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Grand Rapids and Chattanooga (9 percent lower).

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Key Stats for Ophthalmic Technician

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
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Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Surgery
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Refractometry
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Patient Education
0%

National Average
$35,000

refracting
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Patient Counseling
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Medical Coding
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Scheduling
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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